Wendell Phillips “Phil” Davis, 89, of Latham, died Sept. 21, 2010 at the Bob Dole V.A. Hospital.


Wendell Phillips “Phil” Davis, 89, of Latham, died Sept. 21, 2010 at the Bob Dole V.A. Hospital. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the Latham Cemetery. Ft. Riley will be  in charge of military honors.

Phil was born July 5, 1921, the son of Fred and Wilda Phillips Davis at Beaumont. His grandfather, Dr. William Phillips, made the delivery. He graduated in the Class of 1940 from the Leon High School. After graduation, he moved to California and worked in the aircraft industry. In 1942 he joined the Army aircorp. He was in the 384th OMS flying out of Great Britain. He was a bombardier on the B-17 aircraft. During one of their missions, his plane was shot down over Germany. He was captured and was a POW for over a year before being freed. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the POW medal. After returning home to Latham he became a rancher.

He is survived by two sisters, Susie (Dean) Calvin of Talequah, Okla., and Loriene (Jim) Brewer of Latham, and brother, Jack (Billie) of Leon. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Doyle and Bob Davis.

A memorial established with the V.A. Hospice. Contributions may be sent  to the Kirby-Morris Funeral Home in El Dorado.